As I was taking communion this morning, I was struck by the words “on the same night in which He was betrayed.” In the midst of that moment in time, Jesus took bread and broke it. He knew beforehand that He would be betrayed, but He chose to allow His body to be broken.
It is night in our nation at the moment. Gross darkness seems to cover our land as many in our nation have betrayed God and turned their backs on Him. As I was reading and meditating on His broken body, instead of thinking about how it applies to me, I found myself thinking about how His broken body applies to our nation. He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53). I found myself remembering and declaring that through His broken body, He provided peace for our nation to replace the seeds of hatred, lack of trust and bitterness which have been sown. He provided healing for the wounds inflicted upon individual people and even whole people groups because of prejudice, slavery, slaughter, robbery, fatherless homes, abortion, and devaluation of lives. He bore ALL of the sins of our nation on His body on the tree that the blessings of Abraham might come upon our nation in Christ Jesus.
As I took the wine, I remembered that Jesus took His blood and spread it on the mercy seat in heaven once and for all making an unbreakable covenant with us. He will never change, He is forever merciful and compassionate, and slow to anger. All we have to do to walk in the covenant He made with us is to choose to believe and obey.
Asher Intrater said at one of our conferences that the righteous determine the destiny of the nation. As for me and my house, we will serve and obey the Lord (Joshua 24:15). It is a dark time in our nation, but the light of God is about to burst forth on the scene. It looks like the enemy has won in the battle for the soul of our nation, but God has a different plan, a resurrection plan!
Sylvia Keller, State Prayer Coordinator, Delmarva Peninsula